I’ve had a pretty eventful week so far. On Monday afternoon, I left Charleston to visit Florence and stay with my friend Susan so I could work in the office on Tuesday. I had to go to some meetings for my new job duties and also train my friend Kelli, who just moved from Tech Support to Technical Writing (congrats to her on the new job!).
When you work from home and visit the corporate office, you feel like a celebrity. Everyone wants to chat or go to lunch or hang out. The people who didn’t get to see you are disappointed, even if you’re only in town for a day and obviously can’t see everyone. People randomly stop by your desk to chat.
Eh, maybe that last one was the Trader Joe’s cookies I brought with me… yeah, I think people maybe just wanted those ;).
I had a great visit and got to see lots of people! My company has a Couch to 5K program on Monday nights, so since I was in town, I went out to support some of the beginners and walk/jog with them (everyone did a great job), then Susan, her husband Dan, and I had food from Mellow Mushroom that night for dinner. Kels and I went out for lunch on Tuesday, and on Tuesday afternoon, I went to Sweet with Nick and we hung out and ate cupcakes.
Sweet is the local cupcake shop and a popular hangout- it’s like the “Cheers” of Florence lately where everyone knows your name and is glad you came :). I had a peanut butter cupcake called “The Burris” which was really delicious, and I got an Elvis cupcake (banana, peanut butter fluff, and crumbled bacon on top) to bring home for Clay. He really liked it.
When I left Sweet, I went over to see my friend and fellow FTC coach Belinda (affectionately known as my Florence Track Mama) and hung out with her, her dogs, and her niece Kailey for about an hour before heading back to Charleston. Belinda has autographed pictures and books from lots of professional runners so it was super fun to look at the running stuff and catch up with her- since I can’t catch up her when actually running… hehe.
To love everyone’s First Day of School pictures on Facebook. Some of my friends who have kids in private schools posted pics of them this week, as well as some people who started at the local community college. I guess the first day of school never gets easier, whether you’re sending your 5 year old to kindergarten or your 18 year old to FDTC.
To pretty much live and die by my new Lilly Pulitzer planner. I don’t want a SmartPhone or an electronic planner- this one is much cuter! I got the mini planner and it fits perfectly in my purse. The first thing I did when I got it was write down all my Fall races as well as the Gamecocks football schedule, so I could plan accordingly (my half marathon falls on the off week- yay!).
To “awww” loudly when you pass the billboard on I-526 that shows baby pictures. It’s an advertisement for a local hospital (I don’t remember which one), and each day it changes to the cute newborn baby picture of the day. If I ever have kids, I want to have them there for the chance my child would appear on it, hehe.
To go to Starbucks after a Thursday morning track session in Mt. Pleasant. I’m pretty sure Starbucks was built beside the track for a reason, right? Specifically for my dark roast with skim milk fix after 4 miles of intervals!
To get addicted to watching “World’s Worst Tennants” with your husband. He DVRed the entire season and we’ve watched it almost every night this week. It’s hilarious trashy TV.
To feel a little apprehensive about my upcoming 10-miler on Saturday. I’m training for a half marathon, and this is our longest run yet. I ran 8 last Saturday and ran/walked 8 the Saturday before, but double digits are just scary.
To warn your family that you will run 10 miles before heading to the family reunion/birthday party on Saturday, so they need to provide extra food for your crazy runner’s appetite.
To be grateful for the 3 free music downloads per week that coming with having a Charleston County library card. Way to go for free yet legal downloads!
Q1.) Do you go to the public library? I went last week… checked out five books and found out about the free music downloads. Ours is really nice here and can get pretty much any book you want. It definitely saves money too.
Q2.) When was your last family reunion? I went to one last Fall with my mom, but we have one coming up on Saturday. Actually, it’s a birthday party for my uncle, who is turning 70. My aunt who organized family reunions passed away this summer, so I’m thinking this will sort of replace it this year.
Q3.) Did your parents take pictures on the first day of school? Or do you, if you have kids? I’ll probably do it when I have kids, because I love pictures, but I don’t remember my mom taking them. Still, she took enough pictures every other time to make up for it. She still has the camera she bought in the 80s to take pictures of me when I was a baby! I think the camera still works too.